Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring

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A visually stunning and contemplative piece of work.



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South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-Duk directs the chamber drama Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring. Made up of five segments (in keeping with its title), the movie is set entirely on a tiny monastery floating in a lake surrounded by mountains and trees. "Spring" starts with a young monk (Seo Jae-gyeong) learning from an old monk (Oh Yeong-su). "Summer" involves the monk as a young man (Kim Yeong-min), exploring love and sex with a young woman (Ha Yeo-jin), who spends a short time at the monastery in order to heal. The director plays the monk himself as an angry adult in "Fall" and again as he redeems himself in "Winter." In the final segment, "Spring," a new baby is left at the monastery to start the story over again. Spring premiered at the 2003 Locarno Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring

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The impression this movie leaves is profound: Here is an artist who sees things whole.

Aug 7, 2004

This is as close to a Zen experience as the movies offer.

Jun 4, 2004 | Rating: 5/5

A balm for the soul and a reminder that even in the frenetic city, the cosmos has its own steady pendulum.

May 27, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

The picture's extraordinary beauty is inescapable.

May 20, 2004 | Rating: B+

As with most collections of short stories, some are more interesting than others. And the pacing is extremely slow -- almost meditative.

May 14, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

With its heart-stopping setting, gorgeous images and a lovely little story, it's as fresh as woodland dew.

May 7, 2004

Audience Reviews for Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring


Not as offbeat as I was expecting (hence the "Not Interested" rating previously), but tolerable enough. Decided to give it a go, and found it relatively better than some other recent movies I risked watching!!

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One I watched in several sittings, which means I probably lost a little of the continuity throughout. This film could almost qualify as a silent movie, with the focus on the visual impact of the setting, characters actions and the spiritual training and then through the changing of seasons and characters. An enjoyable film, but can't quite put my finger on why!

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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Words describing my experience in watching this film: temporal, peaceful, freeflowing, organized, minimalistic. It moved while staying still. The camerawork was the very picture of Zen. I loved the cyclical nature of everything. However, it was boring.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

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I must watch this again. And again.

Bob Stinson
Bob Stinson

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